Lawmakers expressed shock Friday over the exponentially rising cost of a program to keep some sex offenders locked up after they complete their criminal sentences. The General Assembly created the program in to keep sex offenders deemed likely to re-offend off the streets after they finish their criminal sentences. The process is known as civil commitment.
The Virginia Sex Offender Treatment Association VSOTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing state-of-the-art clinical training, research, education and a networking platform to a variety of professionals who provide assessment, treatment, supervision, security, forensic and legal services to adult and juvenile sexual offenders and their families. The VSOTA is best known for its annual three-day statewide conference that has occurred each Spring since the early s, typically recruiting a wide range of local and nationally renowned speakers for approximately attendees. Additionally, the VSOTA has recently begun co-sponsoring supplementary training events in various regions of the commonwealth.
To keep you informed, we offer this resource link to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. The state of Virginia provides the public access to information about persons convicted of specified violent and sexual offenses. The main purpose of providing this data on the internet is to make the information more easily available and accessible, not to warn citizens about any specific individual.
A sex crime is a serious criminal offense that comes with very harsh consequences. If you are convicted of a sex crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia you are likely to face stiff fines and penalties, including significant time in jail. You may also be required to register as a sex offender with the Virginia Sex Offender Registry for many years and possibly for a lifetime.
One of the most impactful penalties that result from a conviction for certain sex offenses in Virginia is the statutory requirement to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act. Not all offenses of a sexual nature require such registration, and some non-sexual offenses, such as homicide offenses, do require registration. Any conviction of a statutorily listed offense will trigger that requirement.
Most other criminal allegations carry punishments of fines and possible jail time. However, a sex crime conviction will require the person to register in a sex offender database for life. Registered sex offenders cannot reside too closely to a park, school, or other areas where children gather.
Persons convicted of a sexual offense in Virginia must register with the local law enforcement agency in their county. The duration of registration depends on the nature of the offense. A sex offender must register within 3 days of release from jail, probation or parole.
But have you thought about how well you know the neighborhoods they will be going to and the doors they will be knocking on? FOX 5 has found there at least 25 registered sex offenders just within a mile from an Arlington neighborhood. We were able to find that information on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry website. According to Virginia law, convicted sex offenders on probation supervision are not allowed to take part in any Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating, passing out candy, decorating their homes or even leaving their porch lights on.